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I have a 390 out of a '72 truck and they are referred to as an FT (ford-truck, meant for trucks).
Are they basically the same as an FE (ford-edsel, meant for cars) motor?
Will the FT fit in the 67 Mustang like the FE?
yep i have a 64 t-bird with a 390 and i have never heard them referred to as ft's and i have seen a couple stangs with the 390... personally i love my 289 waaaaaaaay better than that big old 390 but if you want big cubes and you have the block then go for it cause i know they fit
FT's are good for low speed applications like trucks. If I were you and I had a choice, I'd go with an FE 390. FE's were made for passenger cars and definitely more suitable for a Mustang. There is worlds difference in performance. There are no aftermarket parts for the FT. Parts are not interchangeable between FT's and FE's. FT's are low compression, low performance motors. They towed stuff pretty good though. A '72 FT is all done by 3800 RPM. To answer your question, yes it will fit, but the performance will suck, to say the least. One book I recommend you reading to learn more about the difference between an FT and FE is How To Rebuild Big Block Ford Engines by Steve Christ. Very good book. You can buy it for less than $20 on Amazon.com.
There is one issue that I'd like to mention. The exhaust manifold bolt pattern is different on the non-Mustang 390 FE and FTs. You will have to have the heads with the correct bolt pattern to install the exhaust manifolds or headers that fit the Mustang. This may apply to the FEs that went into the Fairlane and Comets, too.
I'm not sure of this, but I believe that the heads can't be modified to accept the Mustang manifolds because the casting doesn't have enough material to drill and tap the bolt holes for them.
I believe Edelbrock's FE heads have both bolt patterns drilled. The Fairlane and the Mustang of the same year are pretty much the same car. The only thing that is different between the two is the interior and the sheet metal.
The FE family consists of the following engines: 352, 360, 390, 406, 410, 427, 428.
Being part of the same family, their parts are interchangeable. To make ANY engine perform, you need quality parts; crank, rods, pistons, cam, heads, intake...
Your FT engine block will fit in your Mustang. To get it to perform, you will need better heads, cam, intake, and carb for your application. The block has nothing to do with how the overall engine performs other than how much power it can handle.
To clarify a bit, I also think there were 331, 361, and 391 versions but I am not for sure. There are some differences in crankshafts and journals as well as flywheels, balancers, and how the engine was balanced (internally vs. externally). I think the FT engines had desireable cranks if memory serves me, they were built for longevity.
If you are just wanting to get this motor, drop it in and drive away, you'd be better off finding an FE out of a passenger car. If you are planning on rebuilding it, you should be ok, just be sure to get the heads with the proper bolt pattern for the exhaust.
Is the engine out of a F100-F350? Or a larger truck F450 on up? The larger trucks used the FT, but pickups used the same FE engine as the passenger cars. Check the casting numbers on the block to be sure.